Kayaking in Lofoten

Did you know that Lofoten is a kayaking paradise, where you are assured of a quiet and peaceful nature-based experience – all year round.

If you are an experienced paddler, you will know there are few things that match watching the sunset from a kayak. Locals of Lofoten also know there are few, if any, places where the sky is nicer than you see from Lofoten.


If you combine this knowledge, you have the best reason in the world to plan your next kayaking holiday in the fjords around Lofoten.

Are you a novice who is keen to try kayaking?

Lofoten is one of the most beautiful places in Norway for kayaking in Norway. With its many islets, turquoise seas and shallow water, this wonderful archipelago is also a perfect place for beginners. If you don’t have a Wet Card, you can’t rent a kayak and head out on your own. Here are some tips for trips with experienced guides, so you will feel completely safe. If you can paddle and have a “wet card”, you can also contact these activity providers to rent a kayak. The kayaking trips below are also especially suitable for children:

Kayaking in the Midnight Sun

Many consider kayaking a summer activity, which is completely understandable. The water is often a bit warmer in the summer months and it’s generally lighter.

Many believe that the light is a factor that makes Lofoten so unique – and the light that can seem different every day throughout the year. From late May to mid-July, when the Midnight Sun shines, it’s light in Lofoten around the clock.

You can read more here about the Midnight Sun in Lofoten and find out which places we recommend you experience it from.

Several activity providers offer various organised kayaking trips in the Midnight Sun – adapted suit everyone from beginners to experienced kayakers.

Kayaking in the winter under the Northern Lights

There is infinitely more to the year than summer – and light so infinitely more than sunlight.

From late August to mid-April, it’s possible to see the Northern Lights in Lofoten. As Lofoten is situated under the Northern Lights Oval, it’s possible to see the Northern Lights in all directions, which you can read more about in this article.

This natural phenomenon forms a unique setting for a rather spectacular paddling experience. The water and the world are completely calm as the mythical Northern Lights carpet bomb the sky with colours.

Several activity providers offer Northern Lights kayaking – adapted suit everyone from beginners to experienced kayakers. If you wish to have a truly unique Northern Lights experience, just pack your super underwear – and remember your camera.

Always think about safety

Safety is always important, especially when heading out to sea in a small boat like a kayak. Consequently, it’s an obvious requirement that everyone who paddles in Lofoten follows the Norwegian Maritime Authority’s padlevettreglene.

If you are an experienced paddler and have a Wet Card, you have the option of renting a kayak and other gear and plan your trip. However, if you don’t have previous kayaking experience, an organised kayaking trip will suit you better.

If you click on these links, you can see a complete overview of organised kayak trips that are offered here in the summer and winter.